Those who criticized Messi’s ability to score against Chelsea, by giving them a good lesson and also taking a revenge of 2012, Messi took Barca to the quarter-final of UCL.
Barcelona and Chelsea came face to face at the round of sixteen of UCL last night. Because of controversial history and the 1-1 draw at first leg, everyone was very anxious for this match. It was only two minutes and eight seconds of the match when Messi scored from a zero-angle through the legs of Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois. This goal is the fastest goal scored by Messi in his career.
After that goal, Chelsea started attacking but couldn’t manage to score in front of the solid defense of Barça. At the 20th minute of the match, Chelsea lost the ball because of Messi’s high pressing. And Chelsea felt how huge mistake it was to lose the ball against Messi! Messi dragged the ball to the D-box by himself alone and passed it to Dembele. Dembele also didn’t miss the massive chance to score. He scored his debut goal for Barça by a bullet power shot. Chelsea got a big chance to reduce the goal difference at 37th minute but spider Stegen and Big Sam Umtiti saved Barça for that time. Though at the last minute of the first-half, Alonso’s free-kick hit the outside of the bar. Alas! It was a bad luck for all Blues.
Chelsea players appealed for a penalty at the 48th minute of the game but it couldn’t outfox the eyes of the referee that it was a dive!! Again Messi magic at the 63rd minute of the game! He scored again through Courtois’s leg. It seemed like that he had made the legs of goalkeeper as the goalpost. Suarez was fouled most in the game but this time he replied by assisting two goals, not by his teeth! It was the best game plan for Barça not to give any free space to Willian outside the D-box as they realized how Willian can be dangerous in a free space. Umtiti was the second best player of the match after Messi. He was like a rock-solid wall in the defensive zone. The biggest mistake of Chelsea was to wear white jersey!!
After scoring two goals Messi reached his 100th UCL goal.
Previously this record was only held by Ronaldo. Though Messi has played 14 less matches than Ronaldo to make the record. Messi showed again how he can be dangerous at his day!
During the match, the commentator was saying, “ Antonio Conte has all of his team. Barça has Messi. And here is the difference”.